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Charlotte Knights planning mixed-use office building at ballpark

Charlotte Knights Tyler Saladino leaps across the first base baseline as the grounds crew finishes readying the field at BB&T BallPark in Charlotte, NC on Friday, April 3, 2015. The Knights hosted an exhibition game vs the Chicago White Sox.
Charlotte Knights Tyler Saladino leaps across the first base baseline as the grounds crew finishes readying the field at BB&T BallPark in Charlotte, NC on Friday, April 3, 2015. The Knights hosted an exhibition game vs the Chicago White Sox. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte Knights aren’t planning to build a hotel anymore on a grassy strip at BB&T BallPark uptown. Instead, they’re planning a six-story office building with a terrace to view the stadium, more seats, a year-round restaurant and underground parking.

Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski said the site, which is less than an acre, can’t accommodate both an office building and a 125-room hotel. An office building will allow the team to build more amenities to be available for ballpark attendees, such as additional restrooms.

The site is on the northeast side of the ballpark, bordering West Fourth Street.

“It’s still a work in progress,” said Rajkowski. “It’s picked up a little bit more steam. We want to move it along. I think now is the right time.”

He said the team hopes to finish up its conceptual design in the next 30 to 45 days and then take the plans to Mecklenburg County. Construction could take approximately 15 months and would have to coordinate with the baseball season.

The development would include:

▪ A six-story office building.

▪ Approximately 400 more ballpark seats in several levels.

▪ A terrace overlooking the field for viewing games.

▪ A street-level restaurant that would be open year-round.

▪ Two levels of underground parking.

▪ More restrooms available for fans during Knights games.

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